A 24-year-old Iranian protester died in police custody in the southeastern city of Zahedan after being severely beaten by officers, human rights activists say.
Haalvsh, a group that monitors rights violations of the Sunni minority in Iran, said on February 23 that Ebrahim Rigi’s body is to remain in the forensics department of Zahedan until an autopsy is performed.
Police are reportedly threatening the family to remain silent.
Rigi, a medical doctor, was first arrested on October 13 and charged with “waging war against God” and “corruption on Earth,” which can carry death sentences, Haalvsh reported.
It said the prisoner was released on bail on January 1 and re-arrested on February 22. He was taken to Police Station No.12. where he was beaten to death.
Zahedan is the capital of Sistan and Baluchistan province, home to Iran’s home to Iran’s beleaguered Sunni Baluch minority.
Residents have been holding protest rallies every Friday since September 30, when security forces killed nearly 100 people in the deadliest incident so far in five months of nationwide demonstrations triggered by the death of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, in the custody of Tehran’s morality police.
Activists say security forces have killed more than 520 people and detained over 19,000 in connection with the demonstrations, which pose one of the most serious challenges to the theocracy installed by the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Following biased trials, the judiciary handed down stiff sentences, including the death penalty, to protesters.